Photo Flash: ANYTHING GOES Plays Final Weekend in San Leandro, Now thru 8/25
Curtain Call Performing Arts (CCPA) production of the Broadway musical classic, Anything Goes enters its closing weekend at the California Conservatory Theatre (CCT), in downtown San Leandro tonight through Sunday, August 22-25. Inside the intimate theatre venue of CCT audiences have 'sailed aboard' the S.S. American with the cast and musicians for two weekends now. Critics and patrons alike have enjoyed the delightful ocean-going musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, and a book by the team of Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse, and this weekend the show must close. Scroll down for a look at the cast!
The age-old tale of boy-meets-girl and the complications which ensue intrigue every audience, and no musical puts it on stage better than Anything Goes. As the S.S. American heads out to sea, two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love, proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of sailors, an exotic disguise, a touch of blackmail, and some good old-fashioned musical comedy. Amid zany antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London, Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney and Public Enemy #13 Moonface Martin, aid Billy in his quest to win Hope. The amusing story is wrapped around one of Cole Porter's magical scores, including the Broadway classics It's De-Lovely, Friendship, I Get A Kick Out Of You, and Anything Goes to name a few.
Now, Curtain Call looks to delight audiences with a vibrant closing weekend of Anything Goes.
"We are very proud of all the hard work our cast and crew have put in on this show, and how much audiences are enjoying the experience," said Andrea Gorham, CCPA Founding Artistic Director. "It is hard to believe the shows amazing run is almost finished," continued Gorham.
This summer CCPA welcomes accomplished Broadway touring actress Marissa Joy Ganz as part of the creative team of Anything Goes. A native New Yorker and true triple threat (singer, dancer, actor), who has been performing since the age of 4, Marissa has performed across the globe. She was part of the World Premiere Production and first national Broadway Tour of Disney's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL Directed by Jeff Calhoun where she originated the role of SUSAN, and was also seen in the North American Tour of THE BOY FRIEND Directed by Julie Andrews, where she served as the swing, playing the roles of DULCIE/ NANCY/ FAY & MONICA. Marissa has been Teaching & Choreographing for the past 15 years, and coaches and teaches master classes in Musical Theatre, Dance, and Audition Preparation in the NYC area as well as nationally.
Much to the content of Curtain Call, Marissa happened to be in the Bay Area this summer working as the Assistant Director/Choreographer for Hope Musical Theatre's Summer Camp intensive in Palo Alto, CA. With Anything Goes a favorite of hers, Marissa was excited to work on a local production of the show while she was in town.
"I am thrilled and humbled to bring some New York flair to the Bay Area and its talented local Actors. Anything Goes is truly a Fantastic piece and I am grateful to bring some of my favorite styles of dancing to life here in San Leandro," exclaimed Marissa Joy Ganz.
Anything Goes is presented through special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc. CCPA's summer production is directed by Jon Rosen, with choreography and musical staging by Marissa Joy Ganz, music and vocal direction by David Manley, and stars Celia Jones as Reno Sweeney, Ivan Hardin as Billy Crocker, Allie Reardon as Hope Harcourt, Scott Alexander as Moonface Martin, Gregory Lynch as Evelyn Oakleigh, Hanna Schultheis-Gerry as Bonnie, and Martie Muldoon as Mrs. Harcourt.
Anything Goes closes this weekend August 22 - 25 at the California Conservatory Theatre, 999 East 14th St., San Leandro, CA 94577. Tickets are $25 Adult General Admission and $22 for Student/Senior, and $10 for Children (12 and under). For tickets and information, visit http://www.curtaincallperformingarts.org/ or call (510) 909-9516.
Celia Jones as Reno Sweeny, with Ivan Hardin as Billy Crocker and Scott Alexander as Moonface Martin
The Cast of CCPA's ANYTHING GOES